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GEJ HITS BACK AT UK JOURNALIST WHO ACCUSED HIM OF CORRUPTION

A former editor of the Sun newspaper, the United Kingdom, Kelvin MacKenzie, alleged that Dr. Jonathan bought a property in Surrey for £15 million. MacKenzie who has been a practicing journalist for over three decades and now a columnist with the newspaper made the allegation in his weekly column. However, Mr. MacKenzie didn’t reveal the source of his information .
Reacting to the allegation, Dr. Jonathan denied owning any house in the UK, even as he has asked the newspaper and Mr. MacKenzie to retract the publication and apologize to him.

FAYOSE HAS MONEY TO PAY 3 MONTHS SALARIES –  EX- COMMISSIONER

Dapo Kolawole, a former commissioner for finance in Ekiti state, has cited “Gross Incompetence” and “Lack of Capacity” on the part of governor Ayodele Fayose for the lingering economic crisis in the state. He lamented that if the state’s resources were properly managed, it wouldn’t be in the present economic mess.
The former commissioner who spoke in Abuja on Tuesday, June 14, said despite the economic downturn in the country, Ekiti state could still afford to pay three months workers’ salaries, thereby reducing the economic crisis that has crippled the state.

3 THINGS THE NIGERIAN LABOUR LAW SAYS ABOUT REDUNDANCY

The ongoing rift between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the management of banks in the country has been in the polity for a while now. The problem started after many of the banks began laying off hundreds of their staff.
In a swift reaction,  Nigeria’s minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige directed the immediate suspension of the ongoing retrenchment in the financial services sector pending the outcome of the meeting in the industry. The minister says his decision is based on section 20 of the Nigerian Labour law which frowns at mass retrenchment of Nigerian workers without recourse to due process.

AVOID CONFRONTATIONS WITH THE NIGER DELTA AVENGERS –  LAWMAKER TOLD BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration has been called upon to apply the carrot and stick approach in addressing the Niger Delta crisis and come up with economic policy to help address the challenges presently rocking the nation’s economy.
According to Rep. Ogor, it is important president Buhari avoids being confrontational and address the issue through positive dialogue. Ogor appealed to the Niger Delta, mostly the avengers to quit further polluting the land, adding that, it would become more difficult to clean up due to the ecological system of the land.

IGP ARASE RELEASED STATEMENT ON BAYELSA COP MURDER

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase has issued a strong statement about the recent killing of a senior police officer. The chief police officer said that the full force of the law will be brought to bear on the suspected killers of ASP Matthew Akpos in Bayelsa State.
Arase called on the family and friends of the deceased officer to remain calm and patient and resist the urge to extract revenge, adding the police would not relent in its efforts as an institution to uncover immoral and corrupt officers.

SHERIFF ALLEGEDLY CONNIVES WITH APC TO DESTROY PDP

An attempt by Ali Modu Sheriff, the immediate past chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to forcefully take over power has been welcomed with disgust by the caretaker committee of the party. According  to the caretaker committee of the PDP, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff was hired by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the purpose of destroying the party.
At a media briefing held at a private residence on Tuesday, June 14, spokesman of the caretaker committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said the aim of the APC was to disrupt the chances of the PDP in the upcoming governorship election in Edo state.

OIL SPILL RAVAGES DELTA COMMUNITY

There was confusion and fear yesterday in Idheze community, Isoko South local government area, Delta state, following an oil spill from a major Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) pipeline. According to eye witnesses, the spillage started at about 12 midnight, the previous day and resulted in a serious fire outbreak, destroying many farmlands and economic crops in the process.
However, the cause of the spillage had still not be ascertained as some natives in the community had claimed it was as a result of equipment failure, while others blamed  it on vandalism.

GIVE US LIGHT: NIGERIANS TELL FASHOLA

Nigerians have once again questioned the ability of the minister of works, power and housing, Babatunde Fashola to deliver. Meanwhile, some Nigerians have asked the minister of power to resign immediately following the poor distribution of electricity. In reaction to this, the Minister traced the challenges of the power sector to have began in 1950 when the first electricity ordinance was passed.
Fashola’s comments angered Nigerians who have been experiencing blackouts across the country. Some Nigerians accused the minister of giving excuses for his lack of performance, while others said they have had enough of talk and demanded that Fashola gives them light or resign.

17 WITNESSES SET TO TESTIFY AGAINST FANI-KAYODE

About 17 witnesses are billed to testify against former minister of aviation and finance, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Senator Nenadi Usman. The N4.6 billion fraud charge filed against Fani-Kayode and Usman has been assigned to Justice Sule Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
A source said the accused persons will be arraigned today, Wednesday, June 15. The duo were charged alongside with Danjuman Yusuf and a company, Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Limited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

ADEOSUN PLEDGES N90 BILLION TO NIGERIAN STATES

The Muhammadu Buhari led federal government has announced that the Nigerian States are set to receive a bumper handout. The Federation account will handout over N90 billion loan to various states across the country which will cover a period of one year.
However, according to a government source, the state could receive an extension if they meet the 22 conditions set by the Buhari’s administration. Speaking about the government’s plans, finance minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun said the loan would come in two tranches.

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